People are listening to what other people are saying. They can even hear all those negative emotions that keep spilling out of the mouths of others.
When the history of this period of America is written, I doubt that any citizen of these United States will be proud of it. Although some behavior is rude and disrespectful, the language being chosen by some people during this presidential campaign to express their displeasure is off the charts. By now we all understand that there are some in the world of politics who don’t care who is elected president as long as it is not President Barack Obama. Most of us also understand hatred, rational and irrational. Mostly we understand that, for some, having an African-American as commander in chief is unbearable.
In spite of how we feel, and even though we have freedom of speech, we are a country of law and order. Sometimes we have presidents who get carried away with their desire to gain public office. Former President Richard Nixon was that kind of person. Although many of us were disappointed with his behavior, Mr. Nixon was allowed to resign. A new president was selected, and the country moved on.
Of course, we know that there will always be those who go too far with freedom of speech. They wish to be overbearing in their desire to be heard. They want the whole world to know how determined they are to express their feelings. And undoubtedly, someone will record what they have to say. And hopefully, it will end there. Most of us, fortunately, express our opinions at the polls.
Most of us will refuse to be drawn into arguments and disagreements, which is precisely what all the loud talking is designed to accomplish. These people want to create racial unrest. Because we are a country young in our acceptance of other cultures, those still angry are willing to go as far as they have to, to keep trouble stirring.
There are still countries in the world that are fighting among themselves for superiority of race or tribe. That America should be one of those countries is unfortunate, but until everybody understands that the majority of people in this country want to live in peace and harmony, individuals will continue to attempt to break the rules of good conduct.
Until these unhappy people drinking poison and expecting somebody else to die get a clue, we are probably going to be on this journey a while. A friend of mine keeps telling me that as long as the young people keep discovering each other, falling in love and getting married, racial hatred will soon die the death of the lonely.
The election is still seven months away, and the people will have time to select their president of choice. In the meantime, people will have an opportunity to hold town hall meetings and forums where they can speak their minds. And hopefully, we can get through it with dignity and grace.
Most people are not lucky enough to live in a country where they can have their way all the time. They are lucky when they live in a country where they can at least have a vote.
Personally, I’ll settle for that.
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